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Clayton O. Gilbert

Thursday, August 9, 2012 by The Press in Obituaries

graduate of Tamaqua High School

Clayton O. Gilbert, 81, of Cetronia, South Whitehall, died Aug. 3, 2012, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

He and his wife Eleanore J. (Miller) Gilbert celebrated their 57th wedding aniversary in April.

Born in West Penn Township, he was a son of the late Millard and Carrie (Daubenspeck) Gilbert.

He was employed by the former Lehigh Valley Dairy, Allentown, during the 1950s and early 1960s.

He later was employed in the Trust Department of the former First National Bank of Allentown, now Wells Fargo Bank, for 30 years before retiring in 1997.

A graduate of Tam-aqua High School, he went to Army Paratrooper School and later served in Korea during the war, having served honorably in the U.S. Army 5th R.C.T. unit from 1951 to 1952.

After the Army, he attended Bethlehem Business College.

A member of the Lutheran congregation of Cedar Union Church, Cetronia, he was a 50-year member of the Lehighton Lodge 621, F.&A.M.; the Lehigh Consistory, Valley of Allentown, and the Rajah Temple.

He was a member of the Howard L. Peter American Legion Post 576, Allentown; the Cetronia and the Fullerton fire companies, and also a member of the former Dorneyville Lions Club.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son Scott C. and his wife Linda of Breinigsville; daughter Janine G., wife of Lon Barnaby, of Allentown; brother Raymond of Panama City, Fla.; sisters Mildred Nicholson of Lehighton and Elanore Decker of San Antonio Texas.; grandchildren Peter and Rebekah Gilbert, Daniel, Abigail and Joseph Barnaby; step-grandchildren David and Nicole; brother-in-law Robert and wife Judy of Orwigsburg; niece Lani; and nephews Mark and Arden.

He was predeceased by a brother, Herbert, in 2011.

He loved his grandchildren and enjoyed traveling and playing golf.

Contributions may be made to the church memorial fund.

Arrangements made by Nester Funeral Home, Jacksonville, Lynn Township.